IBE's Advisory Board Members are thought leaders and pioneers of new concepts in their chosen fields. They serve our board of directors and executive team in an on-call capacity, through which they assess and recommend new programs for IBE, and provide scientific and technological information relevant to IBE's policies, curriculum, and mission.
Advisory Board Members
Dr. David Fisher, M.S., Ph.D., is primarily a botanist. He received a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin. He then served as a research scientist at the USDA Forest Experiment Station in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and was a Humboldt fellow at the University of Göttingen, Germany.
Prior to joining the faculty of Maharishi University of Management (MUM), Dr. Fisher was a professor and researcher in leaf structure-function relationships for six years at the University of Hawaii. His research at MUM on breeding potatoes for resistance to the Colorado potato beetle has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Leopold Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. He is the founder and Director of the Sustainable Living program at MUM and has been the primary advocate for the design and construction of the new Sustainable Living Center.
Dr. Fisher earned his B.S. at North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS is a visionary health expert and New York Times bestselling author of thirty books on health and healing. Continually breaking new ground in traditional and holistic health, she is internationally recognized as a pioneer in dietary, environmental, and women's health issues. Known as "The First Lady of Nutrition" among her millions of followers worldwide, Ann Louise has always been ahead of her time.
Dr. Gittleman is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Board Certified by the American College of Nutrition, holds a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, an MS in Nutrition Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a columnist for First for Women Magazine. She was named one of the "Ten Most Knowledgeable Nutritionists" in the United States by Self Magazine.
Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., M.Eng. practices Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), specializing in nutrition, functional medicine and energy medicine at the Dove Center for Integrative Medicine in Aptos, California, and is President of the Dove Health Alliance non-profit foundation. His broad training as an electrical engineer, biomedical engineer, and medical doctor has given him a solid background in Energy Medicine. He has served as a military officer with distinction and has operating his own consulting business for many years.
Dr. Maret's MD is from the University of Toronto, while his Masters is in Biomedical Engineering and his Bachelor of Science degree is in Electrical Engineering. He completed a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in pulmonary physiology at UCSD, and developed the biomedical instrumentation for the successful 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Mt. Everest, where he carried out physiological research near the summit; he also built specialty instrumentation for physiological measurements under the Antarctic ice. Dr. Maret lectures extensively in Europe and America about electromagnetic healing approaches, new water technologies, electrosmog challenges in today’s changed electromagnetic environment, and new integrative energy medicine therapies. And he serves on the Wisdom Council of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine.
Cindy Mercer, a strategist committed to results-driven alliance building, co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF). PHF is an entrepreneurial grant making organization focused on facilitating funder and NGO collaborations benefiting climate change, oceans, biodiversity, health freedom and sustainable agriculture. PHF's initiatives include Oceans 5 -- a global marine funder's collaborative aimed at protecting our five oceans, Energy Options Network -- a global network of energy sector experts committed to expanding the zero carbon technology toolkit to address climate change at scale, and the Electrification Coalition -- a bipartisan alliance of industry leaders committed to facilitating electric vehicles on a national scale. Cindy serves on the board of several NGOs including The Philanthropy Workshop and the Jane Goodall Institute. Since early 1990s, she has managed private foundations, served as an advisor and board member to a variety of charities and has a background in non-profit law, advocacy, strategic planning and mediation.
Camilla Rees, MBA, is the founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, a leading U.S. education and advocacy organization focused on the health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields, as well as of Campaign for Radiation Free Schools on Facebook. She co-authored “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” with Magda Havas, Ph.D. and the landmark report, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern”. Camilla co-founded the International EMF Alliance in Oslo, Norway and organized the 2010 conference on EMF & Health at the Commonwealth Club of California, sponsored by Citizens for Health and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
Ms. Rees works closely, as a communications strategist, with international scientists, and advises numerous grass roots groups at the state and local levels on cell tower, cell phone, Wi-Fi and smart meter issues. She was co-investigator on a research study showing impacts of microwave radiation on the heart, published in the European Journal of Oncology in 2010. She has spoken widely on health and environmental topics, addressing members of Congress and their staffs, the Commonwealth Club of California, Columbia University Law School, Bioneers, the Young President’s Organization, state governments and several medical conferences offering continuing education credits for physicians. Camilla is EMF Advisor to Citizens for Health and Mercola.com, leading U.S. health education and advocacy organizations, and blogger for FrankLipmanMD.com. She also leads the EMF Education and Advocacy efforts of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy in Washington, D.C., which published a paper in Spring 2012 on smart meters and the U.S. energy economy.
Ms. Rees hosts a radio show at KGNU in Boulder/Denver, covering health, environmental and sustainability topics, and does environmental consulting for physicians as well as for patients with chronic illnesses. She is a trained Cancer Guide and facilitator of Hellinger Constellations. She has studied widely in the areas of health and healing over two decades and is writing a book on health care reform. For many years Ms. Rees has been a curriculum developer for and invited guest at a private invitational forum of leading international CEOs focused on productivity, performance and sustainability. Previous to her work in health and environmental advocacy, she worked in investment banking and in the venture capital industry. Ms. Rees holds a BA from Barnard College/Columbia University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Peter Sullivan is the founder and CEO of Clear Light Ventures, Inc., as well as an environmental health funder who focuses on toxins and wireless safety. Over the last 10 years, Peter has funded efforts to reduce mercury and other toxic metals in the environment. He funded roughly half of the National Resource Defense Fund’s mercury program, and in 2008, they successfully sued the EPA to close the cement industry’s exemption from the Clean Air Act. This victory resulted in an annual healthcare savings of approximately 6.7 billion dollars. Additionally, he supported the work of several non-profits working toward the UN’s international mercury treaty (The Minamata Convention on Mercury), which was signed in 2013.
His efforts are now focused on raising awareness about the known health effects of wireless radiation and EMF (electromagnetic fields), both of which are listed as group group 2B carcinogens by the World Health Organization. He speaks about autism and environmental health at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
Peter's work on detoxification and EMF have been featured in the book Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World, and will also be featured in the 2016 season of CNN's Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock.
Previously, Peter was a software designer for Netflix, Inc., Interwoven, Inc., Excite@Home, and Silicon Graphics. Prior to working in high-tech, he was an Executive Officer and pilot in the United States Navy. He has a B.A. in psychology from University of Detroit and an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.
Sim Van der Ryn, architect, is a visionary, author, educator, public leader, internationally distinguished pioneer in ecological design, and professor Emeritus, Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, where he taught from 1961 to 1995. For more than 40 years, Sim has been at the forefront of integrating ecological principles into the built environment, creating multi-scale solutions driven by nature’s intelligence, and was an early advocate of post occupancy evaluation of buildings so we could learn how buildings actually affected people and their health.
He has served as California’s first energy-conscious State Architect, authored seven influential books, and won numerous honors and awards for his leadership and innovation in architecture & planning. Sim’s collaborative approach and meta-disciplinary accomplishments help show the way to an evolving planetary era that values both the integrity of ecological systems and the quality of life.
A recent New York Times profile writes, “Long before sustainability became the buzzword du jour, there was Sim Van der Ryn, the intrepid pioneer on the eco-frontier”. The 70-year-old architect is part of a generation of visionaries who are more interested in the long term value of their work than in self promotion. Sim emphasizes, “We are engaged in an Ecological Revolution , every bit as profound as the preceding Industrial Revolution.” While addressing an assembly of architects, Sim states, “The worst thing you can do is keep making no changes. That’s where the risk lies.”